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Study Notes: Maintenance Plans

Maintenance plans are usually developed when a new item of equipment is introduced into the laboratory.

They are developed for the following reasons:

  • to prolong the life of the equipment
  • to increase reliability
  • to minimise breakdowns
  • to ensure that the equipment is available when needed.

When should equipment be serviced?

  • On a regular time basis, e.g. every three months.
  • On a usage basis, e.g. every 200 hours or 1000 samples.
  • According to seasonal workload, e.g. service equipment during slow periods.

What kinds of things are required in a maintenance plan?

  • Depending on the equipment a plan may include:
    • cleaning
    • lubrication
    • checks on condition
    • moving parts replacement or service
    • electronic checks.

How should routine maintenance be done?

  • According to manufacturer’s manual.
  • Depending on the technician’s own experience.
  • Depending on the experience of the other users.
  • According to a documented procedure.
  • May use a formal checklist of items.

Who should do the maintenance?

Service Agents
  • Trained
  • Competent
  • Contract basis
  • No drain on staff time
  • Not always available
  • Cannot respond immediately
  • Usually expensive
Laboratory Staff
  • Have interest in the equipment
  • Immediately available
  • Usually cheaper
  • Interruption to normal work
  • Not specially trained
  • May cause more problems

Where should maintenance be done?

Agent’s Workshop
  • Preferable
  • Sometimes necessary
  • Can see what is done
  • Has specialised facilities
  • Avoids transport costs or damage
  • Better environment for repairs
  • Less lost time


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